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PATIENTS in Wellingborough and surrounding area will soon benefit from a new service to treat minor injuries and other health problems.

Work on a new community walk in health centre at Isebrook Hospital in Irthlingborough Road, Wellingborough - which is being led by NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group - begins this month, and is due to be completed before the winter.

The new GP-led service, which will be open from 8am to 9pm seven days a week will also provide easier access to x-ray services, observation bays, pathology (bloods) and other services closer to home. It will also provide better integration of a range of health and social care services on one site, including community nursing, physiotherapy, health visiting, mental health services and alcohol services, along with the Community Elderly Care Service.

Dr Roger Perry, GP Locality Chair for Wellingborough for NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning, said: “We are committed to providing quality services for local patients to ensure they receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

“There are less car drivers in Wellingborough than in other parts of the county and access to health services can be more difficult, with patients currently having to travel to either Kettering or Northampton General Hospitals.

“We hope that by providing better services closer to home, we can improve the health of Wellingborough residents and also reduce admissions to hospital, leaving A&E staff to deal with more acute, serious injuries and illnesses.”

A refurbishment will take place initially of the Howard Johnson Therapy Unit at Isebrook, due for completion before the winter 2012, with a full redevelopment in the longer term.

Minor injuries that can be treated at the site will include sprains, strains, wounds, and minor illnesses. There are also planned to be observation bays for both adults and children.